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Sean Murphy for YOLO Board

30A recently went behind the scenes for YOLO Board’s most ambitious photo shoot yet, shot over three intense days across Northwest Florida, including a grand finale at Grayton Beach.

We got some great footage, and photographer Sean Murphy gave us a sneak peek at a few of his own awesome shots.

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People visiting or living on 30A during Thanksgiving are lucky because so many local restaurants stay open, serving up special feasts to give everyone a holiday to remember.

Here is a round-up of the weekend’s festivities:

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Photo by Tim Sackton

Kick off the morning with the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and Fun Run at Rosemary Beach.

Stinky’s Fish Camp will celebrate Thanksgiving the way they always do — with a huge and delicious special menu prepared just for the holiday. This year’s entrees include rabbit and shrimp fricassee, spice-boiled snow crab legs, potato-wrapped grouper and a three-course turkey dinner of house-brined turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing and praline sweet potatoes. Oysters are served all day, 13 different ways. 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Call 850-267-3053 for reservations.

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Over 2,000 runners are expected for the festive 30A 10K and Fun Run held on Thanksgiving Day.

The race, which starts and finishes at Rosemary Beach, is the state Road Runners Club of America championship 10K and has become a popular holiday tradition. Proceeds benefit Shelter House domestic and sexual violence center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Donations 4 Danny.

Organizers have events planned starting Tuesday the whole family can enjoy in the days leading up to the race.

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30A South Walton turn on the town seaside 960 Seaside Hosts Holiday Parade, Celebration of Holiday Lights

Turn on the Town at Seaside, by Shelly Swanger

Seaside will ring in the season on Saturday with a parade down 30A, visit with Santa and celebratory illumination of the town’s thousands of holiday lights.

The parade kicks off at 4 p.m. Saturday in front of Seagrove Plaza and heads 1.5 miles west towards the Seaside Town Center. Grab your spot along the route early or join in the fun as locals and visitors, decked out in their holiday best, march down Scenic Highway 30A to ring in the season.

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30A South Walton Rosemary Beach Jack Gardner Breakfast with Santa, Old Town Holiday Market at Rosemary Beach

Jack Gardner Photography

Rosemary Beach will kick off the holiday season in grand style the weekend after Thanksgiving.

On Friday evening, attend a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony at South Barrett Square to see Santa’s big arrival, take a carriage ride through town and enjoy a performance by the Charles Dickens Carolers. After the Christmas tree is lit, the sand oak trees on North and South Barrett Square will light up the sky with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. Ceremony is from 6 to 8 p.m.

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30A South Walton PicMonkey Collage1 Tis the Season at WaterColors Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, WaterColor Resort will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

The Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market is a full holiday extravaganza complete with falling snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire with s’mores, pictures with Santa Claus, lighting of the tree, live music, and beautiful luminary lights throughout the WaterColor community.

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30A South Walton owsley brothers Owsley Brothers Rock Central Square Records During CD Release Party

The Owsley Brothers, a local psychedelic garage-rock band, drew a huge crowd for their CD release party at Central Square Records on Friday night.

Tom King, owner of the Seaside record store, said it was one of their best sounding shows yet. The band screened a brief documentary before rocking the house with their unique blues-influenced sound and signature oil-light show.

Listen now to 30A Radio‘s coverage of last night’s big event:

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30A South Walton Shelter House tree Festival of Trees 1 e1416856273214 Area Non Profits Compete at Festival of TreesThe Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard will showcase 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations. The groups compete to win $5,000 in cash prizes.

The fifth-annual festival kicks off on Tuesday, November 25, with a tree-lighting ceremony and judging. Prizes include Best of Show and People’s Choice, during which attendees will be able to vote for their favorites. The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m.

The trees will be on display through December 25. For more information visit Grand Boulevard’s website.

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